September 2019

October Students of the Month

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Congratulations to our awesome students of the month for October. These students exemplify Spartan Spirit of Body, Heart, and Mind. Way to go Alex Patron (9th), Max Tripp (9th), Izzy Brown (9th), Andrew Henderson (9th), Olivia McDermott (8th), Elexa Roundy (8th), Ashlynn Prestwich (7th), Sienna Matys (7th), Mia Johnson (7th), Braxton Houtz (8th). Keep up the good work, Spartans!

 

Term 1 reading scores

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Breakdown of student reading scores by grade level

Earlier this month, all the students here at SaJHS took a reading test in their English class. The reading test, called the HMH Reading Inventory, is an adaptive test that determines students' reading level and assigns a Lexile score. Each grade has a Lexile goal where they should be at the end of the year to be considered on grade level. As you can see with the attached image, the kids at our school scored really well on this test with the majority of students in each grade at or above grade-level benchmarks. The light green shows the percentage of students who are proficient, or on grade level. The dark green shows the percentage of students who are advanced, or above grade level. 

Needless to say, we are very happy to see these numbers and will continue to work with students throughout the year to help them grow as readers.

Parents can help their students improve their reading skills by helping students find high-interest things to read. This can be with books, magazines, or any type of reading. The key is that students are more likely to read if the content matches their personal passions and interests.

Picture Retakes September 25

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image from clipart.email

Wednesday, September 25 will be for picture retakes. Any student who needs retakes done should bring the original pictures with them and be ready to look their best. Also, students who weren't at school for pictures need to have a picture taken, even if they aren't planning on purchasing the pictures. These pictures are used in our grading system as well as the yearbook at the end of the year. 

Battle of the Books applications due tomorrow, September 20

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Salem Junior High will be competing this year in the Battle of the Books. Basically, students will form teams and read books from a pre-selected list and then compete by answering questions about the different books. Teammates will depend on each other as they will all be reading different books from the list. It is a fun, friendly competition and a great challenge for students who love reading. 

Many students have already picked up applications to join a team that need to be signed by parents and turned in by tomorrow if they want to compete in the Battle of the Books.

The winning team will compete against a teacher team and then move on to compete against other Junior Highs in our district.

Parent Teacher Conferences

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It's hard to believe we are almost to the middle of term 1! With mid-term comes our Parent Teacher Conferences, which will be held on Thursday, September 26, 3:00-6:30 p.m. (please note the change in time from previous years). This is a great time for parents, students, and teachers to meet together and discuss the student's progress in school and/or challenges in school so that the "team" for your student is all on the same page.

SaJHS students come together to give a gift to their favorite teacher

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A group of students surprised their P.E. teacher Mr. Moldenhauer, known affectionately as Moldy around the school, with a gift to show their appreciation for all that they have learned from him. Moldy is a huge Michael Jordan fan and his students know that. So, they found out that his favorite Air Jordan shoe is the Air Jordan 14 and pooled their money together to buy him a pair of his own.

Moldy loves the students he works with and makes sure to let them know that. This was a way that they found to show what he means to them. 

Needless to say, Moldy was overwhelmed by the act of kindness from these boys and came to school the next day decked out in his Jordan gear. 

Check out the rest of the story at KSL

https://www.ksl.com/article/46639660/utah-students-pool-money-to-buy-pe-teacher-his-dream-shoes

Behavior, Self Esteem, Mental Health, Learning. & Relationships: How do they all fit together?

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Salem Hills High will be hosting Joe Hendershott for a parent education night on September 16 at 7:00 p.m.  He will be talking about the effects that trauma has on learning and behavior and how to reach and help kids who are struggling. See the attached flyer for more information.

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